Help pets handle cold weather
All though they wear their coats all year round, winter is an adjustment for cats and dogs too. Here are some tips from the American Humane Society to keep your pets healthy during the cold winter:
- Keep pets inside when the temperature reaches 30 degrees with the wind-chill. Dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, nose and feet if left outside.
- If your dog always stays outside make sure it has a dry elevated house with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. It is a good idea to add dog door to the garage with a soft cushion in the warmest corner.
- Check all outside water bowls throughout the day to make sure they are not frozen.
- The chemicals used to melt snow on the streets and sidewalks can irritate your pet’s paws. Before your pet goes outside, use petroleum jelly on its paws to protect its paws from the deicing materials.
- Make sure a cat hasn’t crawled under your can seeking shelter and warmth near the engine. The cat could get caught in the fan and be seriously injured when the engine starts. Open the hood of your car or slap it noisily with you hand before starting the engine on cold days to startle any animal sleeping there.